"What causes a person to become obese?"
Obesity occurs when, over a long period of time, the amount of food we put into our bodies each day is not used. In essence this means that there consistently is more energy going in, than out. That energy has to go somewhere, so our bodies store it as fat.
Energy In vs Energy Out Equation
We all overindulge every now and then, and it isn’t this occasional overeating that causes obesity; obesity is caused when we over do it most days, for a sustained period of time.
Unfortunately we live in an environment that encourages us to eat and discourages us to be active, making it very easy to gain weight.
Have a think about it…
- Food is readily available, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
- Portion sizes and plates are much bigger than they have been before
- We can get almost anywhere without having to walk or use a bike
- TVs, computers and mobile phones encourage a more sedentary lifestyle
It only takes 100 extra calories a day to gain 10lbs over the course of a year! Scary stuff!
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